Supercross nr6, Kecskemet: hard, harder, hardest…

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Hi! Yesterday was another race in the supercross series. Yep, another victory (6 on 6), but a whole different story… It became a fight till the last turn and I wasn’t anywhere close to my comfortzone at any moment…

So, what happened? Well, I think this time of the year is the time where our immune-system has the hardest job. Cold wet days, temperatures that can’t decide for a day if they want winter or spring, so, a lot of us have already gotten sick and I felt all the signs of being close –too close- to this too. So, that’s factor nr 1: I wasn’t good and whenever I pushed for more than 15sec, my legs just filled up and locked down. Not easy to race with legs like that J but a typical sign for me that I have some infection already in my body… Factor nr 2: the track. I am an off-road racer and usually in these races the track is the referee. The track will select the strongest rider or/and the best technical skilled pilot. It can be the strong climbs, technical ascents-descents, the mud, the sharp rocks, just simple endurance, but most of the time the track decides the winner. Yesterday, this track didn’t do that job at all. It was just rolling, turn and rolling again. Impossible to make a difference here, surely because I haven’t got a good straight speed, and so it became a different game, a game where tactics, tricks and even some pushing will come to be the new referee… But I have to admit, it was interesting and I even learned a thing or 2…

The race:

A bad start as usual and I got into the field in 7th position. I am not a pushy guy (well, I wasn’t one yet …) and so I nicely waited for the first straight to pass the others and to close the 7sec gap to the leader, Fejes. As expected, every straight part killed my legs and so it was more struggling than racing, but I managed to close the gap and to get to 2nd position by the end of lap 1. Eight laps to go and as expected Fejes pulled another fast loop, making supersonic speed on the straights and sprinting away from every corner with a speed + power that made me jealous ! But jealousy was the least of my problems, he was killing me! Luckily, after 1 full loop of trying, he decided he couldn’t lose me and he started the tactical game. He would now sit behind me and wait for me to make a mistake – to show my weakest points, or just to bring him to the finish. In a way good for me, because at least now I could decide my own pace, but on the other hand, it made me extremely nervous as I expected an attack at any moment… Attacks never came, only in the deep sand –the 1 technical part of the day- he preferred to go ahead of me. Usually, I could take over again by the end of the sand, so nothing really changed. This went on for loop after loop, but somehow I got convinced that I was the better “sand-rider” and, as this section came just a few hundred meters before the finish, I kind of started to believe in my chances… But overconfidence kills…. because, in the last loop, I forgot to switch to 110% in that sand and all of a sudden he appeared next to me on the left on the exit, having the ideal line on the next climb. I was surprised, but at least I still had that extra power to push a little harder to take the steeper right-side of the climb. But, my surprise became even bigger when I noticed Fejes left his better line to come to me? When he got next to me, we were shoulder to shoulder and when he pushed I almost lost the bike, almost crashed. As this is something that I would never do in a race, I was astonished… But, after the reflex to get my bike back under control I became very angry and so I went to war-mode, pushing back now and taking the ideal line for the last turns. Once in the field I just pushed as hard as my legs wanted and I decided to take the last turn to the finish way to fast. I knew it would put me in the slippery leaves next to the perfect line, but if I managed to keep control, I would have the necessary speed to win this race without a sprint and it worked! After the race I had a good adult conversation with Gabor and we shared our opinions. And after talking to the other racers, I have to admit that I was too naïve, that in racing these thing can be used and that they will be used. It is part of racing and I better be prepared for it. If I can now learn myself to use this, I doubt it, but at least I learned a good lesson to be better prepared for the next race…

Next race for me will be on the 28th, as next weekend I won’t come because of a long family-weekend, so enjoy the ride and see you soon,

Wouter

Big thanks again to Attila Mahr for the great pictures!